October 15, 2011
In what was a slow offensive start for both teams, Auburn took a 7 to 6 lead into halftime. Here are some notes from the first half:
-- Though there was a lot of talk from the coaching staff about running back Mike Gillislee seeing more action this week, the junior only carried the ball once in the first half. He gained five yards on his only carry, compared to 12 carries for 34 yards for Chris Rainey.
-- After getting gashed on the ground for more than 200 yards by Alabama and LSU, Florida's run defense has responded against Auburn so far. The Gators didn't totally shut down the Tigers, but they held them to 67 yards on 19 carries, an average of 3.5 yards per carry.
-- True freshman Kyle Christy saw the first punting action of his career, taking over for David Lerner. Christy boomed a 67-yarder in the first half and averaged 54.3 yards on his three punts.
-- Both teams' quarterback struggled mightily in the first half. Jacoby Brissett was 5-for-10 for 45 yards and an interception, and AU's Barrett Trotter was 2-for-9 for 33 yards and a touchdown.
-- The Gators were unable to find the end zone in the first half and instead had to settle for two field goals from kick Caleb Sturgis, including a 47-yarder. Sturgis is now 15-for-16 on the season.